Mary Ann Fitzgerald

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As a part of a program to screen and immunize as many Alaska Natives as possible against hepatitis B infection, hepatitis B virus seromarkers were measured in 52,022 Alaska Natives between 1983 and 1987. Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) was found in 1,603 persons (3.1%), and 7,155 persons (13.8%) exhibited hepatitis B virus seropositivity. While the(More)
Children can do anything with technology; they are born with a chip in their brains that makes them naturally attuned to all things wired. Along with this new physical endowment, they are naturally able to navigate the Internet, seeking, finding, and applying information for all their needs. They are invulnerable to the scams and low-quality information(More)
To assess prevention strategies for pneumococcal disease in Alaska, prospective surveillance during 1986-1990 identified 672 invasive pneumococcal infections, including 315 among Alaska Natives. Age-adjusted annual incidence was 74 per 100,000 for Alaska Natives and 16 per 100,000 for nonnatives. The annual incidence in Alaska Native children < 2 years old(More)
Before vaccination, Alaska Natives experienced very high rates of invasive Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease and carriage. Vaccination with Hib conjugate vaccine PRP-OMP (polyribosylribitol phosphate Neisseria meningitidis outer membrane protein) began in 1991 and resulted in a sharp decline in cases. In 1996, after switching to a different Hib(More)
Iron deficiency anemia is a common public health problem in the Alaska Native population. Yet, a clear etiology has eluded researchers for decades. Previous studies suggested a link between Helicobacter pylori infection, gastrointestinal blood loss due to hemorrhagic gastritis, and generalized iron deficiency anemia in adult Alaska Natives. Therefore, we(More)
Forty pairs of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) were fed 15 ppm selenium as selenomethionine for about 21 weeks during winter. Twenty pairs served as controls. At the end of 21 weeks, which coincided with the onset of the reproductive season, selenium treatment was ended. Four birds died while on selenium treatment. Treated females lost weight, and their(More)
Alaska Native women historically have high rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and invasive cervical cancer. Their prevalence of cervical infections with human papillomavirus (HPV) in relation to cervical dysplasia was determined with a commercial dot hybridization test for seven HPV genotypes. Type-specific HPV DNA, similarly distributed between(More)
High rates of hepatitis B virus infection and primary hepatocellular carcinoma are present among Alaskan Natives. To determine if primary hepatocellular carcinoma could be detected at an early surgically resectable stage, serological screening for elevated alpha-fetoprotein levels was done semiannually among Alaskan Natives infected with hepatitis B virus.(More)
Wilson's disease usually has its onset in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. The clinical picture of hepatic dysfunction without dysfunction of the central nervous system is more typical of the disease in the child or the adolescent than in the adult. We are presenting the case of a man whose age at onset of the disease was 55 years and who had the(More)